What’s your favorite morning beverage? Coffee? Tea? Juice of some sort?
|Half glass of carrot juice and my signature dyslexic desk.
Yay, wire wrapping, books and embroidery!
Me, I usually go for coffee, preferably with a bit of chocolate mint from our yard mixed in with the grounds. Today, though, I went with the carrot juice my husband made yesterday.
Coffee’s acidity upsets my stomach if I have too much of it, and the caffeine can make me jittery, despite the fact I do have a bit of a physical addiction to the stuff.
As for carrot juice, I enjoy the taste and like to think I’ll get super vision from it one day. It’s also very good mixed with lemon juice, oddly enough.
We all know that eating breakfast goes a long way towards ensuring our brains work as well as possible, but what we eat is highlighted more than what we drink.
When you’re short on time in the mornings, and maybe exceptionally tired, it’s natural to want a quick burst of energy. When I was working 50+ hours a week at jobs I only did for the paycheck, plus attempting to write, plus taking care of the house, plus caring for pets, plus nurturing our marriage, plus about a thousand other things, I did everything I could think of to keep energy levels up.
Unfortunately, that meant a combination of coffee, junk food and energy drinks. Not only did that contribute to the touchy stomach I still sometimes have to deal with today, but it sent the negative parts of my dyslexia through the roof, while eroding the positives and all aspects of my health.
Now that I’ve finally been able to shave some stress from my life, I’ve been able to pinpoint some of what went wrong in my diet choices.
The biggest problem was with convenience and cost of healthy foods. I had neither the time nor the mental energy to read labels, much less make healthy meals. Instead, I turned to what was easiest to get ahold of – drinks created to make short term energy. They were only a buck or two a pop, I could consume them on the go, and they worked, at least for a few hours.
Red Bull, Monster, 5 Hour Energy, I probably tried each of those at least once. Intellectually, I knew they’re terrible for me, but at the time, I was in near constant panic mode.
I’ve gotta get this, this and this done. If I don’t do this right, I’ll get in trouble again. Why can’t my brain just get all of this RIGHT the first time? What if I lose my job? Will we lose the house? If I don’t get more practice with writing, I’ll be trapped in this situation forever.
That’s not a good place to be in, but that’s exactly where way too many people are. Each situation is different, but the effects of long term stress are almost always the same. Things like those energy drinks are often used as short term solutions to keep up with overwhelming responsibilities.
Since changing my lifestyle, I look back and realize how much of a mistake it was to rely on them. If I could do it all over again, I’d invest in a juicer, a washing machine and collect glass bottles in which to store a weekly supply of juice in the fridge. I’d make enough juice, snacks and meals to last me the whole week on my days off. They’d be kept in containers I could just grab and take off with in the morning.
I’d still have a cup or two of coffee every other day or so, but those energy drinks would be replaced with various types of juices. I’d still be getting sugars, and there’s no reason I couldn’t include certain herbs in my recipes, but I wouldn’t be getting the chemicals and whatever else had thrown my system off. Plus, I’d be getting vitamins I was probably lacking. I’d also make a conscious decision to drink more water.
In retrospect, I realize how much those choices fed into the negative role dyslexia played in my life, back then. Stress and the environments I found myself in contributed to my difficulties, but that unhealthy diet didn’t help matters, either.
Once you stop to think about it, it’s amazing how easy it is to sink into a similar trap. We don’t tend to think much about what we drink as much as we our food, but the liquid we consume can be just as damaging or beneficial, as what we eat.